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‘ munities 6 The Lovell Chronicle 1 January 7, 2021 LEGISLATURE: FLITNER continued from page one Lawmakers will have work to do on the state’s finances; The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) report issued in October projected a $451.1 million shortfall in the state’s general fund and an education shortfall of ap— proximately $300 million. Taken to ether, it’s a gulf of more t an $750 million. Flitner doesn’t know what’s going to happen, noting that the Revenue Committee did not move any legislation from their interim work that would address revenue genera— tion. In addition, the gover- nor made extensive budget cuts and Appropriations backed those recommen- dations with , additional cuts, but nothing extreme. “I still get the sense that W 0min citizens do not be ieve t ey need to help pay for the services they enjoy and are 0p- posed to any tax increas— es that might help with the shortfal facing man of our agencies,” she sai . “Yes, more cuts are ex— pected and there are also cuts proposed in the most legislation.” Flitner will not be sub- mitting anyof her own leg- islation but has co—si ned a couple of pieces an has pending requests. In addi- tion to chairing the TRW, she’s also been select- ed to serve on the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. As she looks ahead to the new year, Flitner said, “I hope that we logically address our budget crises. We must fund education, healthcare, corrections and highways. Coal is not coming back, and there doesn’t appear to be a new ‘boom’ to save us. “Therefore we are fi- nally faced with very dif— ficult decisions. We can only count on our invest- ment returns and income from existing taxes to car- rly us so far. We’re burning t rough our savings ac— counts, and I don’t see a way out of this without a balance of both options.” To View Tuesday’s leg- islative proceedings, visit www.wyoleg.gov. The governor’s State of the State will be live- streameg separately on the channel starting at 2 pm, Business Council launches Thrive Survive Campaign SHERIDAN (WNE) — The Wyoming Business Council launched a Thrive > Survive Campaign, fea— turing Wyoming stories where innovation, lots of elbow grease and working together have helped com- and business- es weather the pandemic, sometimes even growing stronger, according to a press release. The Thrive > Survive Campaign spotlights resil— iency stories from a variety of Wyoming communities, pro rams and businesses at t rivewyomingorg. These stories serVe as examples pr how Wypming VACCINE AT NBHH “Once the Wyoming Department of Health re— leases the vaccination or— der for the public, North Big Horn. Hospital Dis— trict will be publicizing our community vaccination plan in various media,” Ko— ritnik said. According to the inter- im draft of the statewide COVlD-19 vaccination plan published by the Wyoming Department of Health, the vaccination rollout will be carried out in three phases. Phase 1 will vaccinate healthcare personnel like— ly to be exposed to or treat people with COVlD-19 be— fore prioritizing people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID—19, in- cluding people with un— derlying medical condi- tions, people 65 years of age and older and essential workers. Phase 2,will vaccinate critical populations, which will be additional critical workers, people with un- derlying conditions, those in congregate settings and people with limited access to vaccination services, the department of health draft reads. “As vaccine supply con- tinues to increase in Phase 2,, the WDH will approve other providers to begin ordering COVID—19 vaccine and vaccinating additional critical pbpulations as well as the general public,” the draft reads. In defining who fits under the umbrella of the term critical populations, the plan states that, “the (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practic- es) will provide prioriti— can move forward. The un- precedented challenges in 2020 have reinforced the necessity to go beyond just survival mode and lay the groundwork to be more re- silient and thrive. WBC plans to add more features in the com— ing months. Anyone with an‘ uplifting story to share can submit his ideas on the website. Do you have a story from your community or know of a business who has shown resilience, creativ- ity and innovation during these challenging times? WBC staff wants to hear about it. continued from page one zation recommendations based on a number of fac- tors, including the need to maintain those elements of community infrastruc- ture that are essential to carrying out the pandemic response; limiting mortali- ty among high-risk groups and reduction of morbid- ity in the community; and minimizing social disrup— tion and economic losses.” Finally, in Phase 3, the vaccine will be made avail— able to the general public. “Vaccine will be available to all enrolled COVID-19 vaccination pro- viders and ordering will be based on provider capacity and need, the plan reads. COVlD-19 IN NBHH After contending with four COVlD-19 patients in the hos ital last week, the hospita is currently only treating one patient this week, Koritnik said. Seven” staff are, cur- rently out ill with COVID-19 symptoms with three addi— tional staff out on quaran— tine, according to Koritnik. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 64 NBHH staff have tested positive for the virus. The New Horizons Care Center still stands at zero positive cases among residents. The levels of COVID-19 within Big Horn County are still cause for concern, ac- cording to Infection Pre— vention nurse Emily Nebel. “Our county positivity rate is back up to 22.5 per- cent,” Nebel said. “We are still in the yellow'as this is based on tests performed in a day, but this is still re- ally hig .” Neves new comm BY BARBARA ANNE GREENE The first order of busi- ness when the Jan. 5 Big Horn County Commission— er meeting was called to or- der at 9 am. was the nomi- nation for chair. Commissioner Felix Carrizales, who has been the chair for the past four years, nominated Dave Neves for the position. The newly sworn—in commis- sioner, Bruce Jolley, sec— onded the motion. Carrizales said he talk- ed to Neves prior to nom— inating him, to make, sure that Neves wanted to take it on. Neves indicated he was ready. At 8:45 a.m., Dis— trict Court Clerk Serena Lipp swore Jolley in as a commisswner. ROAD/BRIDGE/ENGINEERING Big Horn County res— ident Boyd Van Fleet and John Koller appeared be— fore the commission for an ongoing discussion regard- ing Lane 35. Van Fleet and Koller came to a meeting in 2019 to discuss the Lane. ‘ Van Fleet presented his reasons and his documen- ' for believin that the tatlogE—ninn in 901% had Va- cated the road. County Deput At— torney Jennifer Kir , land planner Nick Kruger, South Road & Bridge Supervisor Shannon Hovey and act— ing county engineer Thom- as Bridges also took part in the discussion. After considerable dis— cussion, the commission directed Kruger and Kirk to compile the documen— tation they found in the re- cords and send it to Van Fleet. The commission told Van Fleet that he and Koller ‘ could come back to discuss the findings at a later date. In other department reports Hovey and north end supervisor Eric Mann gave updates on their departments. New County Commissioner Bruce Jolle commission meeting. Kandi Dooley, from TCT, told the commission that the compan had got- ten all the work one in the CARES Act project. TCT is goin to continue to ex— pan their covera e area with the company unding the project. lCS TEAM UPDATE Emergency coordina— tor LaRae Dobbs gave an update on vaccines in the county. She said the county received 600 doses for Jan— ‘ uary. They will receive new dOSes each month. Like the Wyoming? Department of Health, the county is fo- cused on Phase 1A priori- ties. According to the Dept. of Health “Priority groups for Phase 1A in Wyoming include healthcare work— ers with regular potential for exposure to COVID-19 patients or infectious ma- terials, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.” A special, targeted ef— fort involving pharmacy chains to help vaccinate residents of many Wyoming nursing homes and assisted living facilities is planned for early January. Dobbs said the team is prepping toward Phase 1B priOrities, which are ener- ally described as inc uding people who are 80 years of age and older and frontline essential workers who must interact with the public and are unable to consistent~ 1y physically distance from ission chair, Jolley sworn in ‘ BARBARA ANNE GREENE y takes the oath of office at the Jar-1.5 others. * OTHER BUSINESS , - Treasurer Becky Lind- sey presented the 2021 depositories. - The commissioners made Weed and Pest ap- pointments: June Booth, Kie Miller, Tim Beck and Janalee Call. ' - Kruger gave his de- partment report. He noted 2020 was the busiest year ever for Land Planning. Gregory Kennett, Des- sa Dale and Kelsey O’Neill from DJ&A were appoint- ed to represent the county in the BLM Grazing Regu— lations/ Environmental Im- pact Statement. - A re uest to build a hanger at t e south airport for a private jet was dis— cussed and approved. From our files Government shutdown reaches 20 days in 1996 ' 100 Years Ago, Jan. 7, 1921 The Cowley Progress Tradition will give way to progress next March 4, when Warren G. Harding as the new President of the United States heads the in- augural parade up Pennsyl— vania Avenue. Announce- ment has been made that Senator Harding has decid- ed to use an automobile for his ride from the Capitol to the White House instead of a carriage, the type of con—‘ veyance used by every pres- ident with the exception of Andrew Jackson since the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson. President Jack— son rode horseback. 75 Years Ago, Jan. 10, 1946 g Lovell Chronicle e are glad to learn that Lt. Smith Shumway, who gave his eyesight for his country, is now re- ceiving the highest praise for his work of speaking to school children under the auspices of the Junior Red Cross. 50 Years Ago, Jan. 7, 1971 The Lovell Chronicle Bill Koontz, who just celebrated his 96th birth— day, recalls that there were many houses in need of paint in those Depres- sion days and that much of Main Street was “lit- tle wood buildings.” There were no houses for rent, and so he hauled the nu— cleus of his present home on Jersey Avenue in from an abandoned coal mine nearby. He bought the pool hall, which he operated un- til 1944, when he sold it and bought a row of a artments on Idaho Ave. T ese were sold in 1965 to Frank Wilk— erson. Koontz still keeps things up around the place and may be seen driving to town in his 1957 mod- el car most days. His only concession to his advanced age, it seems, is to preface most discussions of the fu— ture with the words, “If I’m around...” 25 Years, Ago, Jan. 4, The Lovell Chronicle Operations at the Big— horn Canyon National Rec— reation Area continue with a minimum of personnel with the government shut- down going into its 20th day on Thursday, the lon- gest in history. A dedication ceremony and open house for the By- ron Seminary Building will be held Jan. 14. 10 Years Ago, Jan. 6, 2011 The Lovell Chronicle The Hen House had a great 2010 Christmas retail season, according to new owner John Lafko, who has been one of a few retailers selling at the Hen House, which was owned by Kath- leen Orton until Jan. 1, 2011, when Lafko took over. ’